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The only Europeans were traders who existed in a few settlements on the river banks, such as Pisania.

Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Alexander Grant was sent to re-establish a presence in the Gambia.

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Jawara was elected the first President and remained in this position until 1994.

A coup, led by Kukoi Sanyang, was attempted in 1981 but failed after Senegalese intervention.

Full internal self-government was achieved in 1963, and following extensive negotiations, the Gambia declared independence in 1965.

the Gambia gained independence as a constitutional monarchy that remained part of the Commonwealth, but in 1970 became a presidential republic.

In 1660, the Courlanders resumed possession, but the next year were expelled by the newly-formed Royal Adventurers in Africa Company.